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Student Introductions!


  • I’m 16 and a junior in high school. I love to travel, take photos, cook, and read.
  • I am most excited for the homestay- to be able to make a connection with a family completely different from my own and to see how they live their lives.



  • I’m from Lakewood, Ohio and I’m in 11th grade. In school I like history, math, and theatre. I wear a lot of jewelry and a lot of Converse. I’m really good at getting the last corner of bedsheets onto mattresses and making friendship bracelets.
  • I’m most excited about trying all new kinds of food and getting out of my comfort zone, especially in a new culture with a completely new style of dress.



  • I am 16 years old and I am a junior at Hathaway Brown. I really enjoy learning about science and aspire to be a doctor one day. I also play soccer for my school and enjoy being active.
  • I am most excited specifically about the homestay. But in general I am excited to learn about a culture that I know little about.



  • I love reading, playing soccer, and driving! I have two cats and a younger brother and live with my mom and dad on the west side of Cleveland. I also really enjoy ceramics and most other art 🙂
  • I’m most excited about the homestay and just getting to experience India in general!



  • I am a very outgoing and passionate person who loves doing almost anything from photography to diving!
  • I am most excited about the food and the homestay.



  • I am 16 years old and live in Cleveland. I have a dog and two older sisters. I play the cello and my favorite color is blue. I love to travel and I have always wanted to go to India since I was little.
  • I’m most excited about everything!



  • I am a junior and this is my third year at HB. I really enjoy filmmaking and running. This will be my second time out of the country, previously I traveled to Italy, France, and Belgium. I have two dogs, a sheepadoodle and a cockapoo, and I have a younger sister.
  • I’m really excited for the homestay and experiencing village life first hand. I also can’t wait to try all of the new types of food!



  • While there a plethora of things I could possibly put down for this, some of my defining points are that I moved to Cleveland from New York in the summer of 2016, that I really love reading and writing, and finally that I love to run, especially long distance.
  • I am most excited for the homestay because I feel as if it is the closest I will ever be to understanding Indian culture and further it’s probably one of the coolest experiences I’ll ever have in my life.



  • I am a junior at HB. I love art, writing, and being outdoors. I have a poodle named Ruby who is 7 years old.
  • I am the most excited for the homestay and the ashram. I can’t wait to explore the culture of India and learn about it through people that live there and are gracious enough to welcome us into their lives for a little bit.



  • I’m a Junior at HB, and my favorite classes are English, Physics, and Business. I love to run, and I love to explore and spend time with my friends.


  • I’m most excited for our time at the Ashram and the homestay because I’m really looking forward to getting to know people with an entirely different life story and different experiences. I love learning about new people and hearing new stories.



  • Hi my name is Alise I am very excited to be leaving for India in the next week. India has always been a country I’ve wanted to visit. I have been fascinated by the people, culture, and history of the country since I can remember; thus, I am so grateful for the opportunity to experience India.
  • A little about myself, I am the 4th out of 5 children and I absolutely love it! I have three sisters and a brother, and we all have the most fun together. I also have an adorable bichon poo named Buffy. Cleveland has been my home for all 16 (almost 17) years of my life. Although I am not too fond of it myself, I will defend it without hesitation. I absolutely love the summer and all that comes with it: the heat, beaches. I play soccer and I work in a neuropathology lab at Case Western Reserve University, which consumes a lot of my time but it has been a great opportunity. I am obsessed with geography and how it effects the modern day politics of the world; however, the most important thing about me is that I am Italian and I am absolutely obsessed with being so. I love the food, culture, people, and so much more.
  • I am most excited about the homestay. I believe it will be a tremendously rewarding experience to truly immerse myself in Indian culture and family life. Last year, my family hosted a French exchange student for two weeks and within that time I was able to notice and cherish our cultural differences; thus, I am very much looking forward to the homestay.



  • I am a senior at Hathaway Brown and although I am sad about my time ending here I am excited to go to college in California! My favorite subject in school is chemistry which I will be studying for the next for years. I have an older brother and two younger sisters who I could not imagine life without. I have already traveled to Greece, China and Nicaragua so I am thrilled to add India to the list!
  • I am excited to travel to a country that is full of vibrant energy and colors. I cannot wait to meet people from India and connect with new smiling faces.